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15 lakh returnees evaded screening: Indian Cabinet Secretary

NEW DELHI, 28 March 2020, TON: In an alarming disclosure, the Indian Government has said that over 15 lakh passengers who returned from abroad during the last two months may have skipped the monitoring system put in place for coronavirus (COVID-19) surveillance.

Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba has revealed that in the last two month, more than 15 lakh international travelers came to India but there appears to be a gap in their actual monitoring.

In his letter to Chief Secretaries of States and Union Territories, Rajiv Gauba said such a gap in monitoring of international passengers for coronavirus may seriously jeopardise the efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus, given that many amongst the persons who have tested positive so far in India have history of international travel.

The Indian Government had started monitoring of all international passengers who have arrived in India in last two months in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and put under close surveillance to prevent the spread of the epidemic.

 

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